GAINESVILLE -- Eight former Florida players were invited to the 2016 NFL Combine in Indianapolis over the weekend.
Take a look at how they performed:
RB Kelvin Taylor (5-10, 207): 4.60 40-yard dash, 15 reps on bench press, 32” vertical jump, 9’5” broad jump
DT Jon Bullard (6-3, 285): 4.93 40-yard dash, 23 reps on bench press, 32” vertical jump, 9’7” broad jump, 4.56 20-yard shuttle
CB Vernon Hargreaves III (5-10, 204): 4.50 40-yard dash, 15 reps on bench press, 39” vertical jump, 10’10” broad jump, 3.98 20-yard shuttle
S Keanu Neal (6-0, 211): 4.62 40-yard dash, 17 reps on bench press, 38” vertical jump, 11’0”, 4.38 20-yard shuttle, 11.58 60-yard shuttle
WR Demarcus Robinson (6-1, 203): 4.59 40-yard dash, 34.5” vertical jump, 10’3” broad jump, 4.19 20-yard shuttle, 6.77 three-cone drill
DE Alex McCalister (6-6, 239): 4.8 40-yard dash, 34.5” vertical jump, 10’8” broad jump, 4.0 20-yard shuttle, 7.01 three-cone drill
TE Jake McGee (6-5, 250): 17 reps on bench press
Takeaways: First, linebacker Antonio Morrison was noticeably absent, as Morrison reportedly skipped the combine due to an illness.
Meanwhile, a number of former Florida players in Indy helped themselves after solid showings. Hargreaves didn’t flash blazing speed, but the former All-American finished in the Top 5 of three different events and showcased his complete skill-set during various drills.
Like Hargreaves, Neal didn’t run an exceptional time, but the hard-hitting safety dominated the agility drills and displayed excellent size and athleticism.
McCalister, who measured as the tallest and longest lineman at the combine, was born to excel in such a setting and the pass rusher did not disappoint. He posted Top 10 numbers in every event he participated in, finishing with top scores in two events.
Bullard also had a really nice showing and kept himself in position to be a late first-round pick.
Finally, Taylor had a rough combine, posting poor scores in multiple events and then reportedly struggling in the receiving drills, too. The combine was never going to be an environment where Taylor would shine, but the tailback didn't do himself any favors with such a disappointing performance.
Robinson addressed his off-the-field issues but didn't dazzle athletically, while McGee chose not to participate in any running drills (most likely to do with lasting effects from his late-season injury that caused him to miss the Citrus Bowl and later drop out of the Senior Bowl).
Each of Florida’s attendees, as well as guys like Morrison and defensive back Brian Poole (who was not invited to the combine) will get a chance to showcase their skills again for scouts and coaches at UF’s Pro Day on March 22.
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